Clerk session vote number: 277
Description: A bill making appropriations for Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration and Related Agencies programs for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2001, and for other purposes.
Bill summary: Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2001 -
Title I: Agricultural Programs
- Appropriates funds for FY 2001 for the following Department of Agriculture programs and services: (1) Office of the Secretary of Agriculture (Secretary); (2) executive operations; (3) Office of the Chief Information Officer; (4) Office of the Chief Financial Officer; (5) Office of the Assistant Secretary for Administration; (6) agriculture buildings and
facilities and rental payments; (7) hazardous materials management; (8) departmental administration; (9) Office of the Assistant Secretary for Congressional Relations; (10) Office of Communications; (11) Office of the Inspector General; (12) Office of the General Counsel; (13) Office of the Under Secretary for Research, Education, and Economics; (14) Economic Research Service; (15) National Agricultural Statistics Service; (16) Agricultural Research Service; (17) Cooperative State Research, Education, and Extension Service; (18) Office of the Assistant Secretary for Marketing and Regulatory Programs; (19) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service; (20) Agricultural Marketing Service; (21) Grain Inspection, Packers and Stockyards Administration; (22) Office of the Under Secretary for Food Safety; (23) Food Safety and Inspection Service; (24) Office of the Under Secretary for Farm and Foreign Agricultural Services; (25) Farm Service Agency; (26) Risk Management Agency; (27) Federal Crop Insurance Corporation Fund; and (28) Commodity Credit Corporation Fund.
Title II: Conservation Programs
- Appropriates funds for the: (1) Office of the Under Secretary for Natural Resources and Environment; and (2) Natural Resources Conservation Service.
Title III: Rural Development Programs
- Appropriates funds for the following: (1) Office of the Under Secretary for Rural Development; (2) Rural Housing Service; (3) Rural Business-Cooperative Service; and (4) Rural Utilities Service.
Title IV: Domestic Food Programs
- Appropriates funds for the following: (1) Office of the Under Secretary for Food, Nutrition and Consumer Services; and (2) Food and Nutrition Service.
Title V: Foreign Assistance and Related Programs
- Appropriates funds for the following: (1)
Foreign Agricultural Service; (2) Public Law 480 program account, title I ocean freight differential grants, and titles II and III grants; and (3) Commodity Credit Corporation export loans program account.
Title VI: Related Agencies and Food and Drug Administration
- Appropriates funds for the following: (1) Food and Drug Administration; (2) Commodity Futures Trading Commission; and (3) Farm Credit Administration.
Title VII: General Provisions
- Specifies certain uses and limits on or prohibitions against the use of funds appropriated by this Act.
(Sec. 727) Prohibits Food and Drug Administration (FDA) fund use to close or relocate the FDA Division of Drug Analysis, St. Louis, Missouri, except that funds may be used to plan a relocation within St. Louis city limits.
(Sec. 728) Prohibits FDA fund use to reduce the FDA District Office in Detroit, Michigan, below specified staffing levels.
(Sec. 733) Prohibits the use of funds under this Act for certain activities implementing the Kyoto Protocol.
(Sec. 734) Prohibits fund use to declare excess any Federal (Department of Agriculture) lands or facilities at Fort Reno, Oklahoma, or to transfer such lands or facilities prior to a specified date without congressional authorization.
(Sec. 736) Revises specified housing, community development, and business assistance provisions respecting isolated, high-cost rural Alaskan areas.
(Sec. 737) Makes the Town of Lloyd, New York, and the Town of Thompson, New York, eligible for loans and grants through the rural community advancement program.
(Sec. 738) Prohibits the sale of foreign housing purchased for the agricultural attache without Foreign Agricultural Service approval.
(Sec. 740) Authorizes the Department of Agriculture to acquire personal services agreements for overseas operations.
(Sec. 741) Prohibits fund use to relocate a State Rural Development office unless cost and operation effective.
(Sec. 742) Amends the Agricultural Market Transition Act to extend milk price support provisions.
(Sec. 743) Directs the Secretary to obligate specified dollar-equivalent amounts of agricultural commodities for foreign countries to assist in mitigating the effects of HIV and AIDS.
(Sec. 744) Makes additional appropriations for Bill Emerson and Mickey Leland Hunger Fellowships.
(Sec. 745) Medicine Equity and Drug Safety Act of 2000 - Amends the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act to require regulations permitting the importation into the United States of covered products (prescription drugs).
(Sec. 746) Prescription Drug Import Fairness Act of 2000 - Amends the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act to prohibit FDA from sending a warning notice to an individual who imports a prescription drug into the United States for personal use unless specified notice requirements are met.
(Sec. 748) Amends the Organic Foods Production Act of 1990 to permit sulfites in wine production.
(Sec. 749) States that the Friends of the National Arboretum organization shall not be considered a prohibited fund source for the United States National Arboretum as long as such organization maintains its tax-exempt status and operates exclusively for the Arboretum.
(Sec. 752) Subjects U.S. establishments that slaughter or process birds of the order Ratitae (ostriches, squab, emus, and rheas) for human consumption to inspection and sanitation requirements under the Poultry Products Inspection Act.
(Sec. 754) Amends the Omnibus Consolidated and Emergency Supplemental Appropriations Act, 1999, with respect to the indemnity fund for cotton stored in bankrupt Georgia warehouses, to: (1) extend the use of remaining funds for producers; and (2) authorize fund use for cotton ginners and other cotton-related businesses, and for producers from other States with Georgia-stored cotton.
(Sec. 756) Amends the Consolidated Farm and Rural Development Act to increase available funds for the National Sheep Industry Improvement Center.
(Sec. 759) Maintains the eligibility, until the availability of 2000 Census population data, of: (1) the Sea Island Health Clinic, John's Island, South Carolina, for community facilities assistance; and (2) a specified area in Dade County, Florida, for business and industry guaranteed loans.
(Sec. 761) Considers: (1) the cities of Kewanee and Jacksonville, Illinois, and Vicksburg, Mississippi, as having met certain rural housing area requirements; and; and (2) Jefferson County, Kentucky, as a rural area for purposes of certain business and industry loans.
(Sec. 762) Provides settlement funds for claims associated with the Chuquatonchee Watershed Project, Mississippi.
(Sec. 763) Makes the Konocti Water District, California, eligible for certain rural utilities grants and loans.
(Sec. 765) Authorizes the conveyance of specified land in Prince George's County, Maryland, to resolve certain land claims at the Beltsville Agricultural Research Center, Maryland.
(Sec. 766) Obligates specified funds under the Agricultural Risk Protection Act of 2000 for California.
(Sec. 769) Makes Coachella, California, eligible for rural development mission area assistance.
(Sec. 773) Amends the Consolidated Farmers Home Administration Act of 1961 to make Indian tribes (currently federally recognized Indian tribes) eligible for water and waste facility loans and grants.
(Sec. 776) Expresses the sense of Congress that: (1) Alexander Hamilton made an immense contribution to the United States as a principal drafter of the Constitution; and (2) the National Park Service should restore and relocate his home, "the Grange", to St. Nicholas Park, New York City.
(Sec. 777) Amends the Fallen Timbers Battlefield and Fort Miamis National Historic Site Act of 1999 to authorize land acquisition assistance and related appropriations.
Title VIII: Natural Disaster Assistance and Other Emergency Appropriations
- Provides additional Department of Agriculture appropriations for: (1) Office of the Chief Information Officer (common computing environment); (2) departmental administration; (3) Farm Service Agency; (4) Federal Crop Insurance Corporation Fund; (5) Natural Resources Conservation Service; and (6) Rural Community Advancement Program.
(Sec. 801) Provides additional amounts for technical assistance activities related to the conservation reserve and the wetlands reserve programs.
(Sec. 802) Extends certain livestock assistance eligibility through February 7, 2000.
(Sec. 803) Conforms the definition of "livestock" for livestock indemnity program purposes.
(Sec. 804) Authorizes assistance for agricultural losses due to: (1) Mexican fruit fly quarantines in San Diego and San Bernadino-Riverside counties, California; (2) Pierce's disease; (3) grasshoppers and mormon crickets; and (4) citrus canker.
(Sec. 805) Provides supplemental assistance for qualifying dairy producers.
(Sec. 806) Provides assistance for livestock producers in designated emergency counties (for 2000 losses) through September 30, 2001. Requires the Secretary to consider the effects of drought in establishing payment levels. Obligates specified amounts for the American Indian Livestock Feed Program.
(Sec. 807) Directs the Secretary to consider nursery stock losses caused by Hurricane Irene in October 1999, as 1999 emergency assistance losses. Makes 1999 emergency assistance available to California citrus growers affected by the December 1998 freeze.
(Sec. 808) Authorizes the enrollment of additional wetlands reserve program acreage .
(Sec. 809) Provides assistance to owners of sheep destroyed pursuant to specified orders of the Secretary.
(Sec. 810) Provides assistance to Florida citrus and lime growers for replacement of trees removed to control citrus canker.
(Sec. 811) Provides market loss assistance to apple and potato producers.
(Sec. 812) Provides nonrecourse marketing assistance loans to honey producers. Authorizes loan deficiency payments in lieu of such loans.
(Sec. 813) Provides assistance to livestock producers for 2000 losses due to disasters, including anthrax and fire.
(Sec. 814) Provides direct 2000 assistance to wool and mohair producers.
(Sec. 815) Provides assistance to producers for qualifying quantity and quality losses due to natural disasters in 2000.
(Sec. 816) Directs the Secretary to purchase specified amounts of cranberry juice concentrate and frozen juice.
(Sec. 819) Directs the Secretary to provide financial assistance to South Carolina to capitalize the South Carolina Grain Dealers Guaranty Fund, provided South Carolina makes similar amounts available to the Fund.
(Sec. 820) Authorizes the Secretary to provide assistance for the wildlife habitat incentives program.
(Sec. 821) Amends the Food Stamp Act of 1977 to revise appropriations for the Puerto Rico Food Stamp Block Grant.
(Sec. 822) Provides assistance to Hawaii for an agricultural transportation cooperative.
(Sec. 823) Directs the Natural Resources Conservation Service to provide assistance to: (1) the Long Park Dam, Utah; (2) the Kuhn Bayou (Point Remove) Project, Arkansas; (3) the Snake River Watershed, Minnesota; and (4) DuPage County, Illinois.
(Sec. 826) Makes specified funds available for implementation of the Flood Water Mitigation and Steam Mitigation Project, Princeville, North Carolina.
(Sec. 827) Permits the retention of certain funds by Connecticut oyster producers.
(Sec. 831) Makes certain funds available for the Camp Lejeune Project, Camp Lejeune Marine Base, North Carolina.
(Sec. 833) Authorizes the Secretary to make loans to qualifying poultry producers without insurance for rebuilding lost chicken houses.
(Sec. 834) Provides additional amounts for: (1) value-added agricultural products; and (2) business and industry guaranteed loans.
(Sec. 836) Amends the Federal Agriculture Improvement and Reform Act of 1996 to make sugar loans nonrecourse (currently recourse).
(Sec. 838) Extends the final eligibility date for certain rice marketing assistance loans and loan deficiency payments.
(Sec. 839) Authorizes the Secretary to enter into contracts with livestock producers to control the rangeland buildup of natural wildfire fuels.
(Sec. 841) Directs the Secretary to make specified payments to producers of: (1) tobacco; and (2) pears, peaches, apricots, and tomatoes in California.
(Sec. 844) Sets forth provisions with respect to: (1) Burley tobacco loan forfeitures; (2) commodity eligibility assistance; (3( food stamp program excess shelter deductions and vehicle allowances.
Title IX: Trade Sanctions Reform and Export Enhancement
- Trade Sanctions Reform and Export Enhancement Act of 2000 - Sets forth provisions respecting: (1) presidential and congressional authorities and procedures for the imposition of new, and termination of existing, unilateral agricultural or medical sanctions; and (2) trade and travel restrictions with Cuba and other specified countries.
Title X: Continued Dumping and Subsidy Offset
- Continued Dumping and Subsidy Offset Act of 2000 - Amends the Tariff Act of 1930 to declare that, whenever continued dumping or subsidization is found to exist by the administering authority or by operation of law, any duties assessed shall be distributed as continued dumping or subsidy offsets to the affected domestic producers for qualifying expenditures on an annual basis.
Limits qualifying expenditures to expenditures incurred since the issuance of the antidumping duty finding or order or countervailing duty order in any or all of the categories of plant, equipment, research and development, personnel training, acquisition of technology, employer-paid employee health care and pension benefits, environmental equipment, training or technology, acquisition of raw materials and other inputs, and borrowed working capital or other funds needed to maintain production.
Directs the Commissioner of the U.S. Customs Service to prescribe offset disbursement procedures.
Requires the Commissioner to establish a special account in the Treasury to receive all antidumping or countervailing duties.
Title XI: Conservation of Farmable Wetland
- Conservation of Farmable Wetland Act of 2000 - Amends the Food Security Act of 1985 to direct the Secretary of Agriculture to carry out a pilot program for conservation reserve enrollment of wetland and buffer acreage in Iowa, Minnesota, Montana, Nebraska, North Dakota, and South Dakota.
Title XII: Hass Avocado Promotion, Research, and Information
- Hass Avocado Promotion, Research, and Information Act of 2000 - Directs the Secretary of Agriculture to issue a marketing order, subject to producer and importer referendum approval, providing for research and promotion of Hass avocados. Sets forth marketing order terms and related provisions, including establishment of a Hass Avocado Board. Authorizes appropriations.
Title XIII: Debt Reduction
- Deposits a specified sum for FY 2001 in the Department of the Treasury for public debt reduction.
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Bill titles: Making appropriations for Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration and Related Agencies programs for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2001, and for other purposes.; Conservation of Farmable Wetland Act of 2000; Continued Dumping and Subsidy Offset Act of 2000; Hass Avocado Promotion, Research, and Information Act of 2000; Medicine Equity and Drug Safety Act of 2000; Prescription Drug Import Fairness Act of 2000; Trade Sanctions Reform and Export Enhancement Act of 2000
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